AFC Wild Card Picks – Cincinnati Bengals vs Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds


The Cincinnati Bengals do not have a lot of fond playoff memories because they haven’t had a gain in the postseason during the last 24 years. Andy Dalton knows what that feels as though, as he’s 0-3 in the postseason so far in his career. Will the Bengals break that curse this coming Sunday AFC Wild Card Picks against the Indianapolis Colts? The Colts finished the regular season making use of their third-straight 11-win season after serving the Tennessee Titans a pummeling in Week 17.

AFC Wild Card Picks ColtsWhere: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Colts

When: Sunday, January 4, 2015, 1:05 PM ET

Line: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts – see all NFL lines

In the end, the Bengals won’t enter the playoffs by virtue of being the AFC North division champions. Instead, they’re going back to the postseason as a wild card team following a 27-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Nevertheless, Andy Dalton and crew will have another possiblity to break the franchise’s cruel 24-year streak of going winless in the playoffs when each goes up against their Week 7 tormentor—the Indianapolis Colts—in next Sunday’s AFC Wild Card Round.

In their first meeting back in October 19, the Colts handed Cincinnati a traumatizing 27-0 defeat. The Bengals’offense was restricted to 135 total yards, a season-low. Andy Dalton passed for 126 yards and the backfield produced just 32 rushing yards. On top of that, the Bengals’defense allowed Andrew Luck and company to compile 506 total yards. Despite the loss, the Bengals have shown enough bite on offense and defense, albeit inconsistently, to be not taken lightly by Indianapolis.

Dalton (3,398 passing yards and 19 touchdowns) had an up-and-down regular season, but his performance in Week 17 provides an encouraging sign for the Colts heading in to the team’s clash with the Colts. Dalton was intercepted twice and got sacked 3 times but nevertheless was able to throw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals finished the regular season 21st in passing yards with a 213.8 per game average.

Regardless of which type of Dalton shows on Sunday, though, expect the Bengals to pound the rock a lot of times on the backfield, particularly to Jeremy Hill.

Hill (1,124 rushing yards and nine touchdowns) was a non-factor in the very first meeting with Indianapolis, rushing for 15 yards on four carries, but has since taken a larger role for the team. The former LSU standout finished the regular season on a blistering three-game stretch that saw him compile 395 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That features his 100 rushing yard production against the Steelers.

The under is 6-0 in the Bengals last three games as the trail team.

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The Colts would be nowhere close to the playoffs or even for Andrew Luck. On Sunday, though, Indianapolis proved they might win a game title with Luck playing just 30 minutes when the team beat the Tennessee Titans, 27-10.

With the AFC South division title already in their bag, the Colts made a decision to rest Luck for the whole second half. At that point, Luck has already passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns before handing over the quarterbacking chores to backup Matt Hasselbeck, who finished the ball game with 155 passing yards and a touchdown.

After having a long rest, Luck (4,761 passing yards, 40 touchdowns) will undoubtedly be back trying to repeat his great performance against Cincy in Week 7. For the reason that game, Luck completed 27 of 42 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.  Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton also had a crank because contest, as he collected 107 receiving yards on nine catches.

The Colts’passing game, however, took popular when wideout Reggie Wayne injured his groin against Tennessee and did not return. Wayne is on the list of Colts’top receivers in the regular season, as he totaled 779 receiving yards and two touchdowns. At the time of the moment, Wayne’s availability next Sunday remains unclear. Other Colts that are now working with injuries are linebacker Andy Studebaker (hand), center A.Q. Shipley (ankle), safety Sergio Brown (hand) and offensive guard Hugh Thornton (shoulder).

Just like the Bengals, expect Indianapolis’backfield to be heavily involved on offense this coming Sunday. Led by Trent Richardson, the Colts gashed Cincinnati’s defense for 171 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Richardson had 77 yards on the ground because game, while Ahmad Bradshaw had 52. They’ll meet Cincinnati’s defense that ended the regular season 20th against rush (116.3   yards allowed per game). AFC Wild Card Picks Bet on The Colts.


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